Trouble in Paradise Part 3

San Clemente 1.17.2013 007

What do you think about an elevated highway right on the beach in San Clemente? This sign illustrates the beach with the highway and without it and asks, what do you think?

I’m still trying to figure out where the money is coming from. What will be the impact on the fisherman, the environment, the other small businesses in town, tourism? This road hurts or destroys tourism, how can anyone, with a straight face, say this highway will help tourism? Who would possibly benefit? And how did they convince those in power.

Somebody commented how interesting it is that it might be easier to transport drugs to waiting boats? Could drug money be behind this?

Right before we moved into our home here in Clemente bales and bales of drugs were found hidden on the rocks on the shoreline very close to our new home awaiting transport by boat.  See the articles below:

http://dialogo-americas.com/en_GB/articles/rmisa/features/regional_news/2012/07/30/ecuador-submarine

http://blogs.razzjango.com/Scoundrel/mexicans-arrested-for-alleged-drug-trafficking-in-ecuador/

Again, what is the motivation behind this highway? I can’t see any benefit to this small community, especially because we already have a Pacific Coast Highway!

12 thoughts on “Trouble in Paradise Part 3

  1. You are right that it makes no sense. One hopes that reason will triumph, but government is not always reasonable. I am still hoping (and expecting) that this will die on the vine or, in the alternative, take so many years to develop that it will be something for the younger generation to worry about. We will see…

    • Thanks John and Mary, what a mess our beautiful beach will be during construction and how sad after completion of a highway.. N

    • Hi Karen, Not sure what you mean by “are they making money”??? It is election year yes. I have never seen locals doing anything with a petition, not sure if that is something that would have any impact on the powers that be. thanks for your comments, N

  2. Plan vial para unir Manta y Bahía

    El proyecto que impulsa el Gobierno para transformar un tramo de 54,1 kilómetros de playas en una autopista rápida entre Manta y Bahía de Caráquez (Manabí) está en marcha. El objetivo es incorporar las playas Punta Bellaca, El Pajonal, Chirije, San Jacinto, San Clemente, Crucita y Jaramijó al trazado de la ruta Spondylus.

    El subsecretario de Obras Públicas de Manabí, Fernando Zambrano, comenta que el proyecto está listo, pero es sometido a varios cambios en su trazado. “Buscamos conectar a Manta con Bahía de Caráquez en 40 minutos. Esto será viajando en algunos tramos al filo de playa y en otros sobre acantilados, donde la vía se podría convertir en un mirador natural

    El trayecto Crucita-Jaramijó, de 13,6 km, irá sobre el acantilado. Este tramo se convertirá en una carretera panorámica y cruza territorios de la Base Naval de Jaramijó. La alternativa ahí será construir en 9 km un cerramiento para mantener la seguridad del recinto militar, añade Zambrano. Para el tramo Jaramijó-Manta, de 6 km, se diseña un paso lateral que iría en el noreste de Jaramijó. Luego el trazado se uniría con la actual vía que va detrás de la Base Aérea de Manta; tendrá 4 carriles. Este sería el primer tramo en ser contratado, posiblemente a fines de abril, señala Zambrano.

    La obra tiene un costo aproximado inicial de USD 200 millones. USD 2,7 millones se invirtieron en los estudios, a cargo de la compañía CPR.

    • Xavier, Thank you for the information on the new highway. I have translated this using Google Translate below:

      Plan to join vial Manta and Bahia

      The project promoted by the Government to transform a stretch of 54.1 miles of beaches in a fast motorway between Manta and Bahia de Caráquez (Manabi) is underway. The aim is to incorporate the beaches Punta Bellaca, straw, Chirije, San Jacinto, San Clemente, Crucita and Jaramijó to trace the route Spondylus.

      Public Works Undersecretary of Manabi, Fernando Zambrano, says the project is ready, but is subject to several changes in its layout. “We connect Manta with Caráquez Bay in 40 minutes. This will be traveling on some stretches of beach on the edge and elsewhere on cliffs, where the road could become a natural viewpoint

      The ride-Jaramijó Crucita, 13.6 km, will go over the cliff. This stretch will become a scenic road and crosses territories Jaramijó Naval Base. The alternative here is to build an enclosure at 9 km to maintain security military compound, Zambrano added. For the part-Manta Jaramijó of 6 km, is designed to go a step sideways in northeastern Jaramijó. Then the route would join the existing road that goes behind the Manta Air Base, will have four lanes. This would be the first installment to be hired, possibly in late April, Zambrano said.

      The project has an estimated cost of USD 200 million. USD 2.7 billion was invested in studies, the company in charge of CPR.

      NOTE: this is more information than we have seen on the proposed highway. Thanks again Xavier for taking time to write this up for us. Nancy

  3. De nada, un gusto colaborar, la informacion salio en un periodico local, la transcribi nada mas

    translation: You’re welcome, nice work, the information came in a local newspaper, the transcribed nothing more

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